Developing FUTURE (Fundamental Understanding of Technologies for Ultra Reduced Emission) Vehicles is a multi-institution research project funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) under the UK Low Carbon Vehicles Integrated Delivery Programme. The project aims to develop the science of low carbon vehicle components (batteries, supercapacitors, fuel cells, power electronics and electric machines) and control systems in order to extend conventionally perceived operating envelopes whilst avoiding premature degradation or failure.
There are a number of possible ways of meeting our future CO2 emissions reduction targets for road transport such as advanced internal combustion engines, hybrids and electric vehicles. It is likely that a mixture of solutions will be required depending on the application, but all options require greater electricification of the powertrain, involving power electronics, electrical machines, batteries and for some vehicles, fuel cells and supercapacitors. There is a need for a better fundamental understanding of the science involved in all of these components particularly with regards to degradation and failure, and a need to apply advanced model order reduction and control techniques in order to obtain high performance without over-engineering vehicles. These are the key areas that will be explored by the FUTURE Vehicles project consortium.
|FUTURE Vehicles sister (IDP5) project Vehicle Electrical Systems Integration (VESI)|
|£10m funding for three low carbon vehicle R&D projects|
|"Developing FUTURE Vehicles - Grants on the Web" EPSRC page|
|Automotive Mechatronics Centre, Cranfield University|
|Electric and hybrid vehicle network, Imperial College London|
|Energy and Power Group, University of Oxford|